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There are over 100 rail trails in Australia but legislation has limited the delivery of trails in NSW.  We are missing out on tourism, mobility and recreation opportunities while other states have reaped the rewards. 

There is great news! Following a campaign by Bicycle NSW and fellow active transport advocates, the NSW Legislative Assembly debated, amended and passed the Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2022.  The Bill was then approved by the Legislative Council on 12th August. This amendment removes the need for each rail trail proposal to have a separate act of parliament and enables the Minister for Regional Transport to allow derelict tracks to be converted into a rail trail for ‘recreation, tourism or related purposes’.  

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is on track to open in January 2023 and will traverse 24km of stunning countryside.  We look forward to many more projects getting underway soon!

Work will begin next Monday (January 11) for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. It’s an exciting step in developing more Read more
With momentum under way for Stage 1, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Committee (NRRTC) wants to see this continue for Read more
NSW is one step closer to having a new rail trail.  Last week, the essential legislation to allow it passed Read more
This week we received a copy of the budget submission prepared by Rail Trails for NSW. Bicycle NSW supports the Read more
In April 2020, NSW will have a new rail trail open to explore and enjoy.   After nearly 2 decades of Read more
Since 2013, locals have been advocating for the 123km old rail line from Casino to Murwillumbah to be converted into Read more
We are pleased to announce that Snowy Valleys Council have begun design, and will shortly begin construction, of the Tumbarumba Read more
Wednesday 21 February 2018 In Australia, Rail Trails – the conversion of disused railway corridors into shared-use paths for cycling, Read more
The cycleway crosses the top of the heritage Boothtown Aqueduct, which sits in a tranquil reserve at Greystanes. (Image: Bicycle NSW)
Bicycle NSW would love to see more people riding bikes and more infrastructure to support bicycle tourism. A number of Read more